The City Manager serves as the chief executive and administrative officer for the City and is responsible for directing the overall operations of the City of Springfield and for executing all policies and programs authorized by City Council. The City Manager serves City Council, and provides supervision and general direction to the City's leadership team. The City Manager has direct responsibility for approximately 2,300 full- and part-time employees, a $315 million annual budget, and $1.4 billion in assets.
Jason Gage became Springfield’s 13th City Manager on Aug. 1, 2018.
“Jason emerged from a very strong pool of candidates,” said Mayor Ken McClure. “He was the best fit for Springfield with his experience in public safety and economic development, which are two of City Council’s main priorities. In addition, he has experience working in a community that has a strong educational background, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Like Springfield, there is a strong town-gown relationship there. We are pleased to welcome him to our community.”
Duties of the City Manager include
appointment and, when needed, removal of employees either directly or through department heads
preparation of the annual budget for approval by City Council
administration of the approved annual budget
regular reports to City Council about finances and administrative activities, as well as ongoing advice to Council about the City's present and future financial status or needs
attendance at all City Council meetings and many of its committee meetings enforcement of all laws, ordinances, contracts, etc.